Sunday Wrap-up: IceRays salvage split in Amarillo
Corpus Christi 3 @ Amarillo 2 - The Corpus Christi IceRays, backed by Charles Baldwin’s three points rebounded on Sunday afternoon and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Amarillo Bulls, handing them their first loss inside the Amarillo Civic Center this season.
Corpus Christi started the scoring when AJ Jarosz swung a puck to the net that found a way passed Bulls netminder Chad Catt for a 1-0 lead just 1:12 into the game.
After leading 1-0 through 20muin of play, Charles Baldwin kicked off the second frame with a goal 12 seconds into the period. Mike Economos fed Baldwin on a two-on-one. Baldwin took and pass and deked the goaltender Catt for a 2-0 advantage.
Eric Purcell then scored what was the eventual game winner 6:21 into the period when a loose puck slid through the crease right onto the stick of Purcell who buried the third and final goal for the IceRays. The power-play tally was assisted by Brandon Smith and Charles Baldwin.
After a scrum, the IceRays were on a power-play, but it was Amarillo converting when TJ Sarcona slid in a pass on a short-handed two-on-one passed Hayden Stewart to get the defending South Division champions on the board.
John Rey made it interesting when he fired what seemed like a harmless floater to the net. The puck changed direction and found a seam in Stewart to pull the Bulls within a goal with 5:07 left in the game.
Corpus Christi held on for the 3-2 win, and the weekend split with Amarillo on the road.
Hayden Stewart stopped 37 of 39 shots in the win. Newly acquired goaltender Chad Catt made 22 saves in his Bulls debut.